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Sid Parker hoped no one would hear the squeaking noise coming from the kitchen pantry, but he was out of luck. Wakened by the eerie sound, his mother persuaded Bill, Sid’s stepfather, to investigate. Discovering the culprits, a pair of gerbils named Bubble and Squeak, his mother declared the pair had to go. But in Bill, Sid found an unexpected ally.
Mrs Cockle's cat, Peter, is cross and miserable from staying indoors. Even worse, there is no fresh fish to eat. The weather is so bad that the fisherman can't take their boats out to sea. Finally, Peter can stand it no longer and goes in search of fish, leaving poor Mrs Cockle all alone.
When Tom hears the grandfather clock strike thirteen he is not prepared for what is going to happen. Outside the back door is a garden, which everyone tells him doesn't exist. But the magical place in which Tom finds himself is certainly a garden - his midnight garden. Tom's Midnight Garden won The Carnegie Medal when it was first published in 1958.
When Bet is first asked to go into the meadow and read a passage aloud from a book - apparently to no-one - she wonders why. But then she realises that her audience is a little mole, who listens attentively. This isn't just any mole. This mole can speak, he is more than 300 years old and he has an amazing tale to tell. So begins an extraordinary friendship between a lonely little girl and The Little Gentleman in Black Velvet.